Dr. Roger Hewitt has led dozens of expeditions and field surveys throughout the world over a career spanning over 40 years. He has worked in the Bering Sea, the Aleutian Islands, the coastal archipelago of southeast Alaska and British Columbia, the California Current along the west coast of North America, the east and gulf coasts of the U.S., the Caribbean Sea, and the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. For 16-years he led annual surveys of the Antarctic coastal ecosystem in the Scotia Sea and its archipelagos. Building on the results of this field research, he developed a variety of management options for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). He was the long-term convener of CCAMLR’s Working Group on Ecosystem Monitoring and Management and served as the lead scientific advisor on the U.S. delegation to the Commission. His most recent appointment is Director, Fisheries Resources Division at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, leading a group of biologists, oceanographers, population modelers, and economists providing advice on management of west coast marine fisheries.
Dr. Hewitt’s research interests include the use of acoustics to conduct resource surveys, foraging tactics of whales, seals, penguins and other seabirds in relation to their prey, biological responses to climatic variability, and resource management schemes that incorporate ecosystem considerations. He has authored over 100 papers, book chapters and reports.
Roger holds a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, as well as a Ship Masters License from the U.S. Coast Guard and Professional Engineering and Land Surveyor licenses from the State of California. He is an expert in handling small boats, and his hobbies also include surfing and photography. Roger, his wife of 40+ years, and two grown sons live in San Diego.